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  •  You obviously have no clue (0+ / 0-)

    to what it takes to be a great teacher.

    Just understanding Algebra as it relates to the concepts one should teach, does not translate into good teaching.
    Sadly more than a few people will be convinced a person with a doctorate or master's degree in mathematics will be a wonderful teacher.  

    Great teachers need to understand children, understand how their minds work, understand development of students, in other words, understand the WHOLE student as a human being; can understand and execute class management in a stern but loving way.    

    I find it sad coming from someone in education.  

    “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis

    by Jjc2006 on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 06:16:08 AM PDT

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    •  Ignoring the personal insults you directed at me, (0+ / 0-)

      and focusing instead on the content of your comment: teaching the whole child in no way negates the need for content mastery of whatever subject one is teaching.

      What I said is that someone who is teaching math to fifth-graders should understand the math the fifth-graders are supposed to be learning. I am struggling to understand how you could interpret that to mean that they don't also need to understand whole child development. Great teachers are able to both walk and chew gum at the same time – to understand and nurture the children they teach, as well as to understand and transmit the content those children need to learn.

      And the standard under discussion isn't about algebra; it's about fractions. It doesn't require a doctorate or master's degree in math; it doesn't even require a bachelor's degree. I was a humanities major, and I teach middle school math. I'm confident that elementary school teachers can manage to understand and teach fifth-grade math without a math degree.

      "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

      by NWTerriD on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 02:05:37 PM PDT

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